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6 November 2001

Neuroscience at University of Heidelberg Top-Ranking in Germany

New ranking by the Institute for Scientific Information — Citation count puts neuroscience at University of Heidelberg well ahead in Germany over the last 10-year period — Rector Prof. Hommelhoff: "A shining light in the profile of the University"

Neuroscience at the University of Heidelberg is the front-runner in Germany. This is the result of a new ranking published by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), Philadelphia. The University of Heidelberg heads the list of most-cited institutions, well ahead of Munich's Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry and the University of Tübingen. "It is with immense gratification that the University of Heidelberg has learned of this outstanding result," commented rector Prof. Dr. Peter Hommelhoff. He went on to call neuroscience one of the shining lights in the profile of the University and added that the outcome of the ISI survey was a confirmation of the University's research policy and its emphasis on the life sciences.

According to the ISI's Essential Science Indicator the over 1,000 publications on neuroscience from Heidelberg have been cited more than 23,400 times in the world's most important journals.

Among the almost 30,000 neuroscience locations all over the world, the University of Heidelberg ranks 34th after mostly American institutions, well ahead of the Max Planck Institute in Munich (47th) and the University of Tübingen (77th). In Europe, the University of Heidelberg ranks 6th, following the Karolinska Institut in Stockholm, the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the University College of London and London's Institute of Neurology.

What is ISI?

For over 45 years the Institute for Scientific Information has placed a wide array of products and services at the disposal of the scientific community. ISI employs 850 people world-wide and has offices in the US, England, Japan and Singapore. Founded by Dr. Eugene Garfield, ISI's head offices are located in the heart of Philadelphia's University City. ISI is part of the Thomson Corporation, whose shares are listed at the stock exchanges in Toronto and London.

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Dr. Michael Schwarz
Press Officer of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542310, fax: 54317

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